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I want to brew bigger batches
« on: August 23, 2014, 08:17:21 PM »
Thinking about upgrading to bigger equipment, so I can brew 15 gallons at a time? I only brew All-grain, and I've been using a 10 gallon mash tun (home-depot cylindrical), 2 brew pots, and glass carboys. That's been working great! and the beer is just amazing. I run out too fast.. I want to brew triple the amount. I want quality equipment. Where do I look?

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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2014, 10:40:00 PM »
Same places you did for your previous equipment. The only thing that changes on this level is the size of the pots/tuns/etc. If you want to stay cooler - keep an eye on walmart.com, usually at the end of summer they have great deals on coolers.

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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2014, 12:06:14 AM »
The beer is just amazing. I run out too fast..

You must have a lot of thirsty friends.  I went the other way. I brew 3.5-gallon batches that yield 3 gallons of kegged beer.  It takes me four to six weeks to drink that much beer.  I used to brew 5.5-gallon batches that yielded 5 gallons of kegged beer.  Beer would queue up to the point where I would have to dump batches in order to be able to brew.
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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 05:34:19 AM »
If I was going to go bigger than 10 gallons I'd look at so,e of the Blickman or MoreBeer brewing stands. The one blickmann one I saw at NHC that is a real cool set up (I forget the name) and regulates your temp with a herms type rig.
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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2014, 05:36:07 AM »
The beer is just amazing. I run out too fast..

You must have a lot of thirsty friends.  I went the other way. I brew 3.5-gallon batches that yield 3 gallons of kegged beer.  It takes me four to six weeks to drink that much beer.  I used to brew 5.5-gallon batches that yielded 5 gallons of kegged beer.  Beer would queue up to the point where I would have to dump batches in order to be able to brew.

I found 10 gallons was the sweet spot for me, but il did find that I often had to dump batches to make room for more beer.

I also had a lot of thirty friends so a 5 gallon batch could disappear very quickly. Always good to know I had another keg tucked away.

Now, of course, I charge my friends for my beer at my tasting room. :)
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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2014, 06:18:46 AM »
The beer is just amazing. I run out too fast..

You must have a lot of thirsty friends.  I went the other way. I brew 3.5-gallon batches that yield 3 gallons of kegged beer.  It takes me four to six weeks to drink that much beer.  I used to brew 5.5-gallon batches that yielded 5 gallons of kegged beer.  Beer would queue up to the point where I would have to dump batches in order to be able to brew.
Same here. I still end up dumping some 3 gallon batches, as a matter of fact. If I had the time for it I'd probably drop down to 2 gallon batches so I could brew more often. Three gallons is the sweet spot for me with my more proven house recipes, but 2 makes more sense for one-off recipes.

Maybe I just need more kegs...
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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2014, 08:53:15 AM »
Off the top of my head ...

25+ gal boil kettle.
15+ gal hot liquor tank.
Two burners.
At least one pump.

At those volumes, you can't lift stuff.  I do 10 gallon batches on occasion and I really shouldn't be lifting by myself.

For 10 gallon batches, I use a morebeer 15 gallon boil kettle and a 10 gallon polarware hot liquor tank.  I use a single blichman burner. I use a little giant pump, march brand seems to be the standard.

For cooling, you may want to look into a plate chiller. Either the blichman or duda diesel will work fine.

Mash tun really depends on what gravity you typically brew. The coleman extreme is great, but not sure if they make one large enough for a 15 gallon higher gravity beer.
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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2014, 09:42:22 AM »
Thinking about upgrading to bigger equipment, so I can brew 15 gallons at a time? I only brew All-grain, and I've been using a 10 gallon mash tun (home-depot cylindrical), 2 brew pots, and glass carboys. That's been working great! and the beer is just amazing. I run out too fast.. I want to brew triple the amount. I want quality equipment. Where do I look?

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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2014, 01:40:14 PM »


For cooling, you may want to look into a plate chiller. Either the blichman or duda diesel will work fine.


I was able to cool close to 50 gallon batches of beer with a CFC (chilzilla I believe).
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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2014, 04:36:41 PM »


For cooling, you may want to look into a plate chiller. Either the blichman or duda diesel will work fine.


I was able to cool close to 50 gallon batches of beer with a CFC (chilzilla I believe).

Good point. Doesn't need to be a plate chiller, other types of counter-flow chiller would work equally well.
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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2014, 07:01:40 PM »
The beer is just amazing. I run out too fast..

You must have a lot of thirsty friends.  I went the other way. I brew 3.5-gallon batches that yield 3 gallons of kegged beer.  It takes me four to six weeks to drink that much beer.  I used to brew 5.5-gallon batches that yielded 5 gallons of kegged beer.  Beer would queue up to the point where I would have to dump batches in order to be able to brew.

Same here. I have a fancy 15 Gallon EHerms system that can produce 5 to 10 Gal batches and just have a hard time drinking that much and dump also on occasions (i should be ashamed). Most of mine are 3 Gal also. get through it in 4 to 6 weeks also. Good luck

    82Qt SS Pot. my 62Qt works great for 10gallons on my system
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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2014, 10:49:56 PM »
I've decided that I don't need bigger batches, I need another temp controlled fermentation freezer. I like brewing and I like variety. I'd rather run four 5 gallon batches than one 20 gallon.

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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2014, 04:39:25 AM »
I like brewing and I like variety. I'd rather run four 5 gallon batches than one 20 gallon.

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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2014, 06:01:36 AM »
I've decided that I don't need bigger batches, I need another temp controlled fermentation freezer. I like brewing and I like variety. I'd rather run four 5 gallon batches than one 20 gallon.

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Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2014, 07:44:03 AM »
I've decided that I don't need bigger batches, I need another temp controlled fermentation freezer. I like brewing and I like variety. I'd rather run four 5 gallon batches than one 20 gallon.

Or twenty one gallon batches?
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